DAIRY AND BEEF CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE OFFER GRANTS TO ASSIST FARMS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE COMPLIANCE

DAIRY AND BEEF CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE OFFER GRANTS

 DAIRY AND BEEF CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE OFFER GRANTS

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Beef Excellence are offering financial assistance to both dairy and beef farms that need professional assistance in developing plans to meet baseline agricultural compliance.

Dairy and beef farms can receive up to $1,000 to reimburse for professional services associated with environmental planning. Applicants must submit a one-page application to be considered. The grant funds will assist with the cost of hiring professional plan writers to develop Nutrient Management, Manure Management or Agriculture Erosion and Sediment Control Plans. The grants must be used by June 30, 2017.

Dairy farms participating in a Dairy Profit or Transition Team through the Center for Dairy Excellence must apply separately for the environmental grant using the “On Farm Resource Program” application.

Support for this joint initiative is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Ag Excellence initiative within the state budget. It complements a growing emphasis on helping Pennsylvania’s agricultural producers to contribute to water quality improvement goals, particularly within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, by aiding beef and dairy farmers to attain a base level of compliance with state conservation and clean water requirements.

By 2025, Pennsylvania agriculture is responsible for reducing nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment runoff to meet the annual allowed discharges entering the Chesapeake Bay, a number set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the federal Clean Water Act in 2010. Pennsylvania plays a significant role in Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

Grant applications can be found at centerfordairyexcellence.org under the “Business Tools” tab or contact Melissa Anderson at 717-346-0849 or via email[email protected].

DAIRY AND BEEF CENTERS FOR EXCELLENCE OFFER GRANTS

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